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Deputyship and the Court of Protection

Should a family member become mentally incapacitated, and not have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in place, it will be up to the Court of Protection to deal with their affairs. Their assets will be frozen until an application for ‘Deputyship’ is made to the Court of Protection – which allows either a relative, friend or court appointed professional Deputy to take over the running of their affairs.

Deputyship applications can be costly, confusing and upsetting – but we are experienced in this area, and can provide you with guidance and advice throughout. This includes the application process, being appointed and managing the person’s affairs. If a suitable Deputy is not available, then a professional can also take on this role – and we have specialist solicitors who can be appointed to act as a Deputy instead. We can also make other applications to the Court of Protection if required – for example to make a statutory Will or to approve a gift.

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The Private Client Services Team

  • Dagmara Kulczykowska Partner
    Private Client Services 01908 689341
    Dagmara is Head of the Department and has many years of experience in all aspects of private client work. Dagmara’s strengths are working with families on very sensitive and emotive matters, providing them with specialist legal advice. She ensures clients are supported but also advised clearly and comprehensively on the legal issue(s) at hand so that they can make an informed decision.

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  • Jim McGarrity Partner
    Private Client Services 01908 689331
    Jim has over 30 years' experience in the law and now specialises in will, probate, trust and inheritance disputes and court of protection cases.

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  • Amye Aris Solicitor
    Private Client Services 01908 689317
    Amye is part of the Private Client Services Team and advises on all aspects of Private Client work in a range of matters relating to the administration of estates, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship applications.  Amye also has residential property experience.

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  • Jenny MacDonald Paralegal
    Private Client Services 01908 689317
    Jenny is a Paralegal in the Private Client Services Department supporting Dagmara Kulczykowska in a range of matters relating to the administration of estates, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship application.

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  • Karen Ward Senior Private Client Executive
    Private Client Services 01908 689374
    Karen is a Senior Private Client Executive and Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals. Karen joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in October 2018 having worked in the Private Client sector since 1997 for solicitors and banking institutions.

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